Le Cirque de Rêves

For some reason the first few times I'd read reviews for The Night Circus it didn't really capture my attention. I don't really have a big thing for circus' first of all, and I'm not super into very descriptive novels. Reading The Night Circus basically just took what I thought I knew about what I liked, and threw it out the window. In short.

This book had me by page 40. Usually it takes me at least 100 pages to love something. I didn't really know what this book was going to be about at first- well aside from a circus appearing at night of course- but something about magic always draws me in. Maybe its the French. Le Cirque de Rêves I think would have even made a better title for the book. Something about" The Circus of Dreams" just sounds better to me. I dont remember even ordering the book into the library, and after the last book I just read I didnt think anything could really hold my attention. but 40 pages was all it took to get me hooked.

There is a scene in the beginning where we watch Marco and Isobel meet in a cafe, and Morgensterns writing had my flipping pages so quickly I forgot to even eat dinner. I think I liked every single character in this book and was dying to learn more about them. I have heard the haters comment that It was a pretty slow paced story, and it is, but not in a way that didn't make it exciting for me at least. Each chapter made me feel the sense of wonder coming from these elaborate characters, and I can only describe how I felt as warm as if the pages themselves were charmed, and I was under Morgenstern's spell. It's almost as though I felt like I was falling in love.. with a book! It was so enchanting and beautiful and it's easily one of my new favourite books of all time. I have to admit that the ending was a little odd, but it was totally acceptable in a story written like this one. Maybe I wanted something more out of the ending but the fact that it left me with that feeling just goes to show how into this book I was. I guess it had to end sometime, unfortunately. But I was totally captured.
This is the kind of book where I wished I had a little of my own magic, so I wouldn't have had to sleep and I could just stay up escaping to The Night Circus.. well.. all night! I'm now afraid that The next few books I read don't stand a chance at being favourites of mine, because this one was just so so SO good. I wish I knew how to review books properly so that you'd read this and race out to get your hands on a copy. I just absolutely l-o-v-e-d it.

Oh,and also ( sorry, I just could talk about this book FOREVER) I have a really bad habit of judging books by their covers. I think it's because I'm a bit shy and I read in public a lot and maybe I care what people see me reading for some reason... off topic ... I DIDN'T like the cover of this book. It wasn't nearly as enchanting or as beautiful as I imagine it could have been like the story itself. The title looks cool but I would have picked a better picture. in my opinion. OK I'm done. I'll just leave you with the Goodreads Summary which I am sure most of you have already read :)

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway—a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love—a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.

True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus per­formers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.

Written in rich, seductive prose, this spell-casting novel is a feast for the senses and the heart.